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Praying and Fasting for the Spheres of Influence in 2022

Dear friends,

“Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one. (Matthew 6: 6-13)”

In the Scriptures, fasting is the self-denial of some or all food or drink as the faithful express their intense concerns to God in special times of prayer and worship. It was practiced both privately and corporately and for short and long periods of time. Biblical fasting occurred in many settings. God’s people mourned the death of loved ones with fasting (2 Samuel 1:11-12). They fasted to prepare for special times of renewal in the presence of God (Numbers 29:7). The faithful fasted to express heartfelt repentance over their own sins and the sins of others (Ezra 10:6). They fasted as they cried out to God in circumstances that required God’s extraordinary help (2 Chronicles 20:3). It’s no wonder then that throughout the history of the church, Christians have always turned to God in troubled times with prayer and fasting.

From January and every month we will fasting and praying for the spheres of influence in our society

o In January we will be praying and fasting for the sphere of Family
o In February we will be praying and fasting for the Church (Ecclesia)
o In March we will be praying and fasting for Government and the Military
o In April we will be praying and fasting for Trade and Finance (Business)
o In May we will be praying and fasting for Law and Justice
o In June we will be praying and fasting for Religion and Philosophy
o In July we will be praying and fasting for the Arts
o In August we will be praying and fasting for Education
o In September we will be praying and fasting for Charity and Not for Profit Welfare
o In October we will be praying and fasting for Health and Science
o In November we will be praying and fasting for Media and Entertainment
o In December we will be praying and fasting for Sport and Recreation
like to pray for:
• Unity of the universal Church, the Body of Christ through agape love between members
• Our brothers and sisters who have lost faith and fallen into darkness to be drawn back into the light through the example of our love for each other, particularly our youth.
• All people to be reconciled to God through Christ, convinced by the witness of our lives
• The spiritual needs for your city, your nation
• For the 7 mountains or the spheres of influence of your nation
The Church needs the Holy Spirit
St. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:17 that "The Lord is a Spirit..." That is why when the Holy Spirit is given to us, we are able to love God so freely as to sacrifice voluntarily the selfish love of the world: "...Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty".
Our faith in the Holy Spirit is our belief that God, who is Love, can share with us something of His own divine love.
We speak of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as the supernatural instincts or impulses that urge us to put the virtues of faith, hope, and charity into practice. We have the fruits of the Holy Spirit that give us a deep supernatural satisfaction in doing the will of God.
We believe that the Church Is One, Holy and Apostolic. These characteristics, inseparably linked with each other, indicate essential features of the Church and her mission. The Church does not possess them of herself; it is Christ who through the Holy Spirit makes His Church one, holy and apostolic, and it is He who calls her to realise each of these qualities.
The rising tide of prayer precedes the flood of God’s Spirit
• The apostles devoted themselves to prayer as they awaited the outpouring at Pentecost (Acts 1:14).
• Their friends gathered for prayer when Peter and John were released from custody "and when they had prayed the place was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 4:31).
• The blinded Paul fasted and prayed as he awaited the filling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:11, 17, 19).
• Cornelius and Peter were both praying when God spoke to them (Acts 10:9,30).
• The church was earnestly praying when God moved to release Peter from prison (Acts 12:5).
• The teachers of Antioch were worshipping and fasting when the Spirit set apart Paul and Barnabas for the mission that changed the world (Acts 13:2).
This time of fasting and prayer will enable us to:
1. Focus more on the Trinity
2. Listen to what is the Spirit saying to us His Church
3. Help us to come in humility to refresh, renew and proclaim the birth of the Church
4. Stir up the faithful to be equipped and encouraged
5. Bring unity among the Body per John 17:20
Let us be one in Him who died and rose up for us and for our salvation.

Lilian Schmid
Prayer Strategist and Coordinator
Sydney – Australia

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Comment by Anne Marais on October 25, 2021 at 5:45pm

Lord we praise You for the privilege to serve and intercede. Please fill all intercessors with Your Holy Spirit. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Comment by Malva Birch on October 19, 2021 at 3:20pm

Lord, please bless all You faithful intercessors ...

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